9-26-2020 Tongass Freed From Restrictive Roadless Rule

Colleagues: The recent full exemption of the Tongass from the roadless rule is a positive event in these trying times.  Towns and villages in Southeast existed long before the Tongass was designated as a national forest.  The ability of our people to build futures for their families is a fundamental priority, which can be balanced with environmental concerns; the roadless exemption provides for this balance.  The people of Southeast Alaska are benefitting from this action by a thoughtful administration. Sincerely yours, Don Habeger Executive Director First Things First Alaska [...]

9-1-2020 George Soros & Son: Major Threat to Capitalism?

The Nazis, Soviets, Venezuelans, Sandanistas, Cubans, and Pol Pot leaders all referred to their governments as "socialist".  Alaska's democrats in 2016 voted to elect a socialist president.  We believe a growing segment of America's younger generation is unaware of how socialist propaganda and unrealistic promises lead to inevitable misery and eventual collapse of socialist societies.  The death of the United States as we have known it is within the grasp of her enemies, both without and within.  Only a herculean effort, equal to the commitment, sacrifice, and endurance [...]

7-16-20 Regulatory Reform Benefits Natural Resource Jobs & Economy

Governor Dunleavy Thanks Trump Administration for Rolling Back Job-Killing Regulations Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy Thursday, July 16, 2020 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy delivered remarks alongside President Trump and Vice President Pence in support of the federal government’s rollback of job-killing regulations. The White House press conference coincided with the Trump administration’s recently announced modernization of the infrastructure project review process. “Over the past 40 years, these regulations have strangled the American dream for so many Alaskans,” said Governor Mike Dunleavy. “These long-awaited reforms are a [...]

11-22-19 CeraWeek In Houston. Why Go?

Q.  Why should our readers attend CeraWeek in Houston? Dan Yergin, NGP file photo, by Dave Harbour (NARUC). A.  Because our old friend from Arctic Gas days in the '70s, Daniel Yergin, invites us to the most important energy conference of the year! (Note: Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman IHS Markit, CERAWeek Chairman and James Rosenfield, Senior Vice President, IHS Markit, CERAWeek Founder & Co-Chairman, co-host CERAWeek.) Waves of Change: Charting the Energy Future Energy Secretary Rick Perry. NGP file Photo by Dave Harbour Strategic confrontation and fractious geopolitics, disruptive [...]

3-26-19 Alaska Governor Michael Dunleavy Works to ‘Bring Home the Bacon’ From CERA Week!

Michael J. Dunleavy in Special Dialogue... Dan Yergin, NGP file photo, by Dave Harbour (NARUC). ...with Dr. Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman IHS Markit 24:19.  (Note: Your publisher first met Dr. Yergin in the 1970s when the latter was a rising star in the energy/environmental consulting field.) Report: On Friday, March 22, 2019, Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy addressed a crowded room at the international energy conference known as CERAWeek, an annual gathering in Houston, TX attended by more than 4,500 individuals from over 70 countries and regions. [...]

12-14-18 A Citizen’s View Of The Two Alaska Gasline-LNG Projects

AK-LNG & ASAP: A Citizen Considers the Risks of Continuing Government Ownership by Dave Harbour How would you cope with the smorgasbord of problems/challenges Mike Dunleavy, assumed upon being sworn in as Alaska's Governor in early December? Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy Some of the challenges blocking Alaska’s road to economic recovery -- and obscuring its natural beauty -- include: a fiscal crisis and annual budget deficits, billions in state employee unfunded pension liability, the highest unemployment rate in the nation, growing crime, an amazingly burdensome array of [...]

8-23-18 China Sends Alaska LNG Conflicting Signals & ALASKANOMICS

(We are grateful for the effort former Alaska Gasline Federal Coordinator, Larry Persily (Photo), devotes to consolidating LNG news relevant to Alaska.  It remains available and searchable in our archives, thanks to him.  -dh) Oil and gas news briefs for Aug. 23, 2018 China sends confusing signals for tariffs on U.S. LNG, crude oil (Radio Free Asia; Aug. 20) - China has sown confusion in international energy markets after reconsidering plans to slap tariffs on U.S. crude and liquefied natural gas. The conflicting signals reflect Beijing's uncertainty about the [...]

8-13-18: DOI Set To IMPROVE Operation of Endangered Species Act for Species & Citizens … China Says Alaska LNG Deal In Doubt

  Op-Ed: At Interior, We’re Ready To Bring The Endangered Species Act Up To Date Dep. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt The Washington Post Aug. 9, 2018 A modern vision of conservation is one that uses federalism, public-private partnerships and market-based solutions to achieve sound stewardship. These approaches, combined with sensible regulations and the best available science, will achieve the greatest good in the longest term. Last month, the Trump administration took this approach to bringing our government’s implementation of the Endangered Species Act into the 21st century. [...]

7-31-18 Alaska Business Leader Opines On China

Alaska/China Bedfellows -Opinion- China purchases a Papa Bear's percentage of Alaska's prodigious seafood market.  No worries, though, because the interaction is largely year to year business interaction between the Communist country and a number of private sector risk takers. Alaska's governor believes that the seafood experience bodes well for his plan to finance a $40-60 billion Arctic gas pipeline/LNG project using long term contracts with China as security for a finance plan. Apples and oranges. A large number of private sector investors assume the risk that a seafood deal [...]